Roses how do you care for them? It is a bit tricky especially in the Southwest where temperatures can get as high as 115 or more during the mid-summer seasons.
But the good news it is not as hard as some people may believe.
Below are some great tips to great looking roses no matter where you live.
They like lots of water especially when first planted. They need at least 6 hours of sun each day.
They prefer rich loamy soil.
Roses should NOT stand in water, even during dormant winter months.
Where to plant Roses
In the Southwest they can be planted alone or with other companion perennials. Be sure to give then enough room to fill out. Normally around 3-4ft. between plants.
Remember to plant roses where falling snow, ice, or any other debris will not damage plants. In cooler climates they can tolerate full sun but the full blazing sun in the southwest
can scorch the foliage. So, I recommend planting them in morning sun and late afternoon shade if possible.
The Best time to prune growing roses are from December through early Feburary. Only prune if there is a real need to do so. Pruning just for the sake of pruning is not a good idea.
You do have to prune off dead branches or expired blooms.
Deep watering is better than shallow water.
Use a good "Mulch" to retain water. Compost, bark, straw or other similiar materials helps to discourage weeds!
Typically roses should be fertilzed once in early spring, summer and early fall. DO not fertilize during colder climates or the winter season.
Roses are susectible to aphids, thrips, powdery mildew and more diseases....Read more about rose problems here
Trimming roses. Only prune and trim if there is need too. Prune old dying dark brown branches and limbs. Prune off all expired blooms. And remove if needed prune down to the third or fourth limb.
I recommend using Corona Pruners for pruning almost anything - This gardening tool has a forged steel alloy blades hold a sharp cutting edge and are heat treated for superior hardness and strength. This is what all our employees at Color Your World Nurseries use. Easy long
lasting pruners. Next time your in one of our stores make to ask for one.
Corona Clipper 3/4-Inch Forged Bypass Pruner #BP 3160
Many of our roses come in 3ga. peat pot containers, which are bio-degradable and can be planted in the ground with the pot. Remember to fertilize roses when the plant leafs out. And always apply fertilizer according to the instructions on the product label.
Apply a balanced fertilizer inside the dripline in a circle a foot or two from the base. It is always best to use a good rose food fertilizer. Miracle-Gro Shake N Feed Rose Food
Will work extremely well.
Folllow instuctions on all product labels. Follow the checklist below and adjust according to YOUR needs.
Fertilizing and growing roses
Fertilize when rose plant leafs out. You should not fertilize during winter. WHY - Because you are basically wasting your money. This holds true for most plants that go dormant during the winter.
Fertilize again after first bloom.
In the southwest things go dormant rather late...so the latest date is around early November. As stated before do not fertilize in December, January, and February. Foliage will start to grow around mid-late March.
We recommend Miracle-Gro, 4.5 LB, Shake and Feed, Rose Food, Plant Food
Will Last Up To 3 Months, Easy to Use Pour Out Spout.
Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora rose-They are large elegant blooms on long straight stems ideal for cutting.
Floribunda-A busy rose with clustered bloom habit.
English Rose-These roses have full double blooms of old roses with repeated flowering-ideal for landscaping.
Climbing Rose-The climbing rose is named for the climbing habit, they grow best along trellises or arbors.
Hedge Rose-Used for low maintenance fencing along property lines.
Shrub Rose-They are known for there trouble free and easy to grow maintenance.
Miniature-Blooms structure and habit of hybrid teas, minatures roses are grown in containers of used for landscaping in smaller areas.
Tree Rose-Excellent for the patio or around large statuary and pond areas.
Due to the seasonal nature of our roses and the limited quantities on many varieties.
Not all roses are available at various times. If the rose plant you are looking for is not
available, Guzman's Greenhouse may be able to recommend a substitute plant appropriate
for your garden or landscape conditions.